"March to the Sea" as written by Tyler Joseph....
There's miles of land in front of us,
And we're dying with every step we take,
We're dying with every breath we make,
And all fall in line

A stranger's back is all I see,
He's only a few feet in front of me,
And all look left and right sometimes,
But all fall in line

No one looks up anymore,
'Cause you might get a raindrop in your eye,
And heaven forbid, they see you cry,
As we fall in line

And about this time of every year,
The Line will go to the ocean pier,
And walk right off into the sea,
Then we fall asleep

As we near the end of land,
And our ocean graves are just beyond the sand,
I ask myself the question, why
I fall in line

Then out of the corner of my eye,
I see a spaceship in the sky,
And hear a voice inside my head
Follow me instead

Follow me instead
Follow me

Then the wages of war will start
Inside my head with my counterpart
And the emotionless marchers will chant the phrase
This line's the only way

Then I start down the sand
My eyes are focused on the end of land
But again the voice inside my head
Says, follow me instead

Follow me instead
Follow me
Follow me instead
Follow me instead
Follow me instead
Follow me instead
Follow me instead

Take me up
Seal the door
I don't want to march here anymore
I realize that this line is dead
So I'll follow you instead

So then you put me back in my place
So I might start another day
And once again, I will be
In a march to the sea


Lyrics submitted by bookhouseboy23, edited by austinedward

"March to the Sea" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +12
    My InterpretationAll of humanity is blindly following, heading straight towards death. People have even gotten tired of trying to find anything better ("No one looks up anymore") for fear that it will make them see the truth, despair, and be vulnerable. God comes in the form of a spaceship, offering salvation. However, his own doubt fights back, saying that the hopeless march is the only way.

    He is sick of the march and decides to follow God's way instead. Still, he must continue on earth with the rest of the marchers.
    dmmcdon May 27, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationWhen I listen to this song, I hear that he's on the path to suicide and that he's mindlessly "marching to the sea" when he hears a voice telling him to follow them instead, to live, and that he's fighting his "counterparts", like later to be introduced Blurryface. I think the meaning that most people have submitted is very interesting.
    quietmonster81on March 06, 2016   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI could be a little bit biased, as I naturally would find a meaning in the lyrics I can connect with. Everyone finds their own meaning in art, or in this case music, so I may be interpreting the song wrong. I think this song is a very, very dark song. I think that it is about suicide, and I find it to have a pretty accurate description of what struggling with suicide is like. "The march to the sea" I think refers to everything that happens once someone's made up their mind leading up to their death. "We're dying with every step we take" "we're dying with every breath we make" shows how painful it is to keep going through the motions of life while struggling with suicide. And I think that the line he talks about shows how common it is for someone to be struggling with depression and having thoughts of ending their life, "heaven forbid they see you cry" people in this place tend to bottle up their feelings which almost always makes the problem worse and this silent suffering is often what causes people to get to the point where they feel they have no other option. "And as we near the end of land, and our ocean graves are just beyond the sand, I ask myself the question, why, I fall in line" is that moment just before acting on your thoughts where you stop for a second and reflect and ask yourself if this is really what you want. The spaceship that says "follow me instead" isn't necessarily any one specific thing, it is, rather, anything that might temporarily save us from ending our own lives. The most powerful lyrics, in my opinion, "then the wages of war will start inside my head with my counterpart and the emotionless marchers will chant the phrase 'this lines the only way'" I think the marchers in this case aren't actual people, they're the voices in your head that tell you that you're worthless or that you're better off dead or that you don't deserve life or that you can't handle it anymore, and the war in his head is because now there's another voice that might see one reason to stay alive among millions of reasons to give up. At this point you're fighting a battle in your head because part of you wants nothing more than to give up, but another part sees a reason to keep going. This war inside your head is one that will keep you up at night and distract you from everything going on around you and it's one that will have you laying on your bathroom floor with the door locked trying make a decision or even just somehow make the voices stop. It's a war that you can never win, no matter which side you pick. "Take me up, seal the door, I don't want to march here anymore, I realize that this line is dead, so I'll follow you instead" is when you've decided that maybe today won't be your last day, but then the song takes what may be an unexpected turn; "so then you put me back in my place, so I might start another day, and once again I will be in a March to the sea" means that just because you chose not to end your life today doesn't mean the battle is over, because every single day for what may even be the rest of your life you will find yourself again fighting the urge and thoughts of ending your life. Like I said I may be wrong, but that is what I felt. Like I said this song is very dark, and I found a connection with everything he says.
    adrianac98on July 12, 2016   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAlong with what everyone else has said, I believe this is an amazing allusion referring to "Sherman's March to the Sea". This is the name most commonly used for the Savannah Campaign during the American Civil War. I won't bore you with details, but they basically tore through the southern enemy terretory, like badasses, without supply lines. It was considered one of the most revolutional acts in American history.

    Very strong lyrics, but what's new?... These guys are genius.
    socoandrew1990on September 05, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionThis song really helped me see that it was okay to follow a different path than everyone else. I was stuck in this cult religion, and sure some people might see the space ship as God, but for me I don't believe in a god. The spaceship was just someone who had helped me see the truth and told me that it's okay. Marching in a line is not going to do you any good in the end. You're going to die like everyone else, but you don't have to live like everyone else. "Death does not distinguish between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes, and we keep on living." So the message I go was really to not follow the flow of society. Or that religion isn't the only way. Of course that is just my opinion and what I thought of when I listened to this. So thank you.
    That0nehum2non February 26, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that the meaning to every song is different to a lot of people. Personally I don't believe in God. This song to me is about suicide. When it says heaven forbid they see you cry the person might be getting bullied and hides their sadness. Then the spaceship is someone appearing into their life and saving them. When people say this way is the only way they might be saying it's the only way that I might actually be happy. This is some of the meaning of this song to me.
    IsleofSkyeon May 29, 2016   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationthe line of people marching- to me- is of all the people surrendering themselves to the mainstream music and fashion. Tyler, or whoever the character is in this song, wants to stop marching and go their/ his own way. but he/ they has a fear that he/they will get beaten up by the others or whoever is in charge. he / they hears' hear a voice- the unknown, emo (to outsiders), meaningful and underground music- and it's telling him to follow their unknown and amazing ways. the spaceship is the bands and people within it. but one day the character/ tyler will fall back into the "normal" music sound, or in this case march to the sea.
    peejthehumanon July 05, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am positive song is based off Matthew 4:18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
    I know people interpret it different but it is sad that such a beautiful song is interpreted to mean suicide when it actually has a hopeful undertone.
    It is not just "religious" - it is about the calling, the push, any person who knows Jesus has - life gets you down, you go other ways, but in the end, God tells you He has a bigger purpose for your life, and that is to "fish for men" - tell people they are loved by God, and the good news of Jesus.

    Tyler is on the "wide path" which leads to death and destruction instead of the "narrow path" of salvation.

    The UFO is God.

    stay alive frens
    AprylRayn6on April 11, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe first time I listened to this song, I just assumed it was maybe about soldiers going off to war. I didn't really pay attention. Every time the song came on I just half listened and then skipped it. Well, I finally started to pay attention and I realized finally what he was saying to this half listener. I myself am on the same journey. Its a battle. I want to listen to that voice inside my head that calls out to me, but just like I was with this song, I'm still half listening. The space ship and voice is God, we are all on a march to our ends and its the same end for everyone, except for those who choose to follow that voice. He may keep us here on earth and in the same houses with others going the wrong direction, but he stays with us till the end. In the end we won't drown, we will rise to join Him.
    ginnyboyon June 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI see this as saying that there is so much more to life, and we're wasting it. We get so comfortable with where we are, and are afraid of pursuing something because heaven forbid it not turn out. So we just keep on walking along with everyone else right until we die. Then, he sees God (as the spaceship) and He is saying to follow Him instead. Deciding to do this, the war starts as either he fights to get out of the line, or as others fight him for not staying with the line, but ending up not getting/staying out of the line. Then he hears God telling him again to follow Him, and he accepts. But then, he sees all this stuff that there could be for everyone... and all that is wrong... so he asks to be taken up.. but he has to stay here on earth until it's God's time.
    At least that is how I see it.
    Here4TheFighton November 29, 2015   Link

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